12 June 2010

More terms to eliminate from our diabetes vocabulary

Or these words should be used very carefully with proper explanation.

I have a request of you. Keep this open in one tab and open this article in a new tab so that you may easily go between this and the article. This article starts out as an example of the type of misleading information that those of us with diabetes don't need. When you read the title and subtitle, what do you envision?

It is almost a given after the title and subtitle the the first words of the article have to be - type 2 diabetes can't be cured. They needed to put these words there to legally blunt their misleading information and then to compound their error, they used the word reversed very shortly after “can't be cured”. This is an attempt to minimize “can't be cured” and keep you reading.

This points out what we are seeing more of today. The use of sensationalism in the writing of information about diabetes. And these websites wonder why they are losing respect and readership as a reliable source of quality medical information.

Did I read the rest of the article? Yes, only because I wanted to see how far they would take their attempt to mislead their readers. What the author concluded with can be found most any place on the web. While nutrition and exercise are “the” important keys for the management of diabetes, there was nothing new or newsworthy in this article.

Reverse or reversed may be technically correct in reversing the progression and improving control when used for this meaning; however, these are still words that should be used carefully. The words “get rid of” in conjunction with “reverse” really should not be used. Another case of misuse of the words “get rid of” is used in this blog (link broken) in the last sentence.

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